St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia †1579



St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia is known to be an intercessor for the mentally ill and demon possessed. His life and informative details of his Feast on Cephalonia on August 16th, as well as the Feast of the Restitution of his relics on October 20th, can be found here: Full of Grace and Truth: St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia

The following post brings out more details of his gift of healing the demon possessed. Eight reports of miracles which occurred at the Monastery of St. Gerasimos are also related: Mystagogy: St. Gerasimos of Keffalonia and the Demon Possessed

And here is a short video (2 minutes) which captures a portion of His Feast on Cephalonia in August 16th: You Tube: The Holy Relic of Saint Gerasimos – Kefalonia (Greece)

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An Artifact History of Disability in America

W44-2From the Smithsonian National Museum of American History:

People with disabilities have been present throughout American history

This online display includes a variety of images as well as a timeline provided by Temple University:

Temple University: Disability Rights Timeline  & Further Historical Resources

Dr. Wolf Wolfensperger gave a two day symposium at Millersville University in Pennsylvania a number of years back in which he details, with pictures and vivid description, the evolution of human services, including those to persons with disability. The path from early Christian efforts to secular and modern efforts has not been a tale of continuous progress. In fact, until recently it has been a horror story. And Dr. Wolfensperger concludes by noting continuing deficiencies and issuing a dire warning in light of societal trends. This video series is many hours long, but it is an eye-opener:

A History of Human Services, Universal Lessons, and Future Implications (a video series)


Orthocath: Orthodox Christians Who are Deaf and Blind

Orthocath is a webblog written by a man who has become an Orthodox Christian, left the Church for some reason, and then come back. His parents were both deaf, and he learned American Sign Language. Additionally, he is sensitive to the Orthodox Church’s response and efforts toward the deaf community. In the following blog posts he shares and develops this:

Orthocath: My Two Worlds — Deaf & Hearing

Orthocath: Orthodox Christians Who are Deaf and Blind

Orthocath writes,

As I said earlier, very little work has been done with the Deaf in mind in Orthodox parishes here in North America. But, such is possible as the examples from Russia and Greece show. I pray the day for deaf ministry amongst Orthodox here in North America is not far away.


Subdeacon Tigran Khachikyan

Orthocath: Armenian Orthodox Ordain First Deaf Sub-Deacon

You Tube: His Ordination
You Tube: Conversation With Subdeacon Tigran
Tigran’s You Tube Page, with many informative videos

There is also a Facebook Page for Deaf Orthodox Christians:

Facebook: Deaf Orthodox Christians


“Teaching Learners with Multiple Needs”

I must confess that I’m not current with technological advances, which limits my ability to comment on the content of this weblog, but from the look of it I would say it is an outstanding resource for educators, whether public, private, or home school.  Assistive Technology receives a lot of focus. The author’s name is Kate Ahern. To access her blog:

Teaching Learners with Multiple Needs

Several free online switch activities from her weblog:

online switch activites

Presently she works for Easter Seals Massachusetts:

New Staff Members Add Talents to Assistive Technology Team

You can also follow her on Quora: Kate Ahern

Picture from Heather Coleman (another blog concerning assistive technology)

St. Naum the Miracle-worker of Ohrid †910

St. Naum

St. Naum is called upon to intercede with the Lord for people with mental disorders.

St. Naum of Ohrid (or Preslav) followed in the footsteps of St. Cyril and Methodius, missionaries to the Slavic lands, who translated liturgical texts from Greek into the language of the people, Slavonic. As they lived before the schism with Rome, St. Naum accompanied St. Cyril and Methodius to Rome, where God worked many miracles through them, so that the Pope came to see their translation work as a work of God. On their way back to their mission field, the Slavic lands, they traveled through Germany, where they opposed a number of heresies, and were tortured and imprisoned. Freed through an earthquake from God, they proceeded to Bulgaria, where St. Naum traveled about with fellow disciple St. Clement distributing the Bulgarian translation of the Holy Scriptures and preaching the Way of Christ. His feastday is December 23.

Sources: Orthodox Wiki: St. Naum of Preslav & A List of Saints Called upon for … Mental Disorders

There is a Monastery on the shore of Lake Ohrid named after him: St. Naum Monastery on Ohrid Lake, Macedonia

The ABLE Act

The lady sitting in the sqeaky wheelchair

NDSS: Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

A Personal Response to the ABLE Act from The Sqeaky Wheelchair

An excerpt:

I am a person with a disability. I am a student who works hard every day, and plans to graduate with honors. I am a person with big ideas, anxious to change the world. I would love to someday own an apartment, or even a house, to take a vacation, and to raise children of my own. I shouldn’t have all of that in jeopardy if I want to keep the supports that I rely on every day. In addition to all of these things, I am an American, and I want to believe again, with the same youthful hope we instill in our kindergartners when we teach them about the Fourth of July, that everything waiting for a hard-working person without a disability is also waiting for me. Dear Mr. President, dear Congressperson, dear friend, dear neighbor, dear fellow human being… Make me believe again. I know we can do it together.


ARC Fact Sheet

It was introduced in the Senate by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and support for the bill continues to grow in the U.S. Congress. Robert P. Casey, Jr., U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania: Support for ABLE Act Continues to Grow

To advocate for the ABLE Act, Sign this petition: Pass the ABLE Act

Also, the NDSS site has numerous online resources for further advocacy.

On a final note, California Rep. Dan Issa (R), an Antiochian Orthodox Christian, supports it!

Rep. Dan Issa

from St. Ephrem the Syrian’s Hymns On Paradise

from the weblog Communio: St. Ephrem the Syrian

from St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press:

Hymns on Paradise

by St. Ephrem the Syrian


(a review of the hymns with excerpts

Just Genesis:  St. Ephrem’s Paradise

by Alice C. Linsley)

Hymn 7, Stanza 13, P. 123 in the book:

In Paradise the cripples,

who had never walked, leap around;

the deformed, who had never even crawled,

fly about through the air;

the eyes of the blind and deaf,

who had yearned from the womb,

hungering for light

which they had failed to see,

now rejoice to behold

the beauty of Paradise,

and the mighty sound of its harps

gives comfort to their ears.

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